CSW Receives $1 Million Gift

The Cambridge School of Weston (CSW) is pleased to announce that alumnus Eduardo Tugendhat ’72 has made a $1 million donation in support of innovation and access at CSW. Tugendhat’s generous gift will provide resources critical to the advancement of progressive education, equitable access, and sustainable infrastructures at The Cambridge School of Weston, all of which are key pillars of the school’s long term vision and planning.

“Eduardo has an incredible track record of developing and organizing sustainable solutions for rural and underserved communities around the world,” says Head of School Lise Charlier. “His drive to help others in meaningful, efficient, and enduring ways aligns closely with CSW’s own mission. The impacts of his generosity will be felt for generations to come. We are so grateful for his support.”

CSW Board Chair Ann Gorson adds, “Eduardo’s gift will help to ensure that every aspect of the CSW experience is covered for all students receiving financial aid, from books, transportation, and sports equipment, to allowances for weekend activities and educational travel.” 

Tugendhat is CEO and founder of Palladium in Washington, DC, an international trade and development corporation. He is a recognized expert in the areas of inclusive supply chain solutions and has particular expertise in crafting and managing public-private alliances. He has worked in dozens of countries around the world to generate private sector investments and transform value chains across industries ranging from agricultural to financial services. 

Tugendhat came to CSW from Venezuela at the age of 14 as a boarding student. His mother, sister, and son are also CSW graduates. He served on the school’s board of trustees from 1979 to 1987, and again from 2008 to 2017. He credits the school for broadening his horizons and teaching him the importance of social action.

“At CSW, I learned to always be mindful of different perspectives, to consider where people are coming from, and how that shapes the context of their lives. All of that informed my future academic studies and my career in economic development. It is clear that the CSW of today continues to inspire and motivate its students in this way, at a time when the world urgently needs creative, open-minded thinkers. I value and wholly support the school's goal to make a progressive education available to all students, and it is my pleasure to contribute to this work.”

The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.